Merging Science with the Arts

Today we had a quick chat with Caroline Conway who will be delivering a very special workshop this year..Caroline’s work fits well with the key theme of heritage for Science Week 2017…

Caroline, we are delighted that you will be taking part in this year’s Midlands Science Festival. Can you tell us a bit about your project and what you will be providing?

Our project celebrates the work of Mary Ward, who was a nineteenth century pioneering scientist, microscopist and naturalist, working at a time when it was very difficult for women to be taken seriously in any field other than the domestic. We are looking particularly at the flora and fauna of the bog

What is your background? Did you study science at university?

Actually, both Tina and myself come from Arts backgrounds which makes this a very exciting project as we are using a variety of art forms to promote science. The project consists of a projection of macro-photography and Zoetrope animation

Zoetrope animation was invented in the 1850’s at the same time as Mary Ward was examining the minutiae of nature with the microscope, and we are combining old and new technologies to bring excitement to this subject. There is also drama and music involved

What experiences in school or otherwise influenced you to pursue a career in science?

I studied Physics, Pure Maths and Applied Maths for A level at school, alongside Art, and I find that the animation work I am doing now has a huge amount of Maths involved. Last year I made a real time strobe animation device for the Centenary, which involved a lot of Physics

What do you think we can be doing to inspire and encourage more young people to choose science as a subject and indeed as a third level college choice?

I think that seeing Science cross over to other disciplines can be very inspiring and can help to bring it to life. We are drawing on the Victorian tradition of “Science as Performance” with this project to really get a sense of wonder.